Italy now joins Argentina, Denmark, Malta, Portugal and Ireland in doing so.
The landmark ruling overturned adverse lower level court cases and makes it clear that the official gender record can be amended without surgery or sterilization.
The plaintiff in the case was a now 45 year old trans woman who in 1999 was granted permission to undergo genital surgery but decided over time that surgical intervention wasn't necessary.to get social recognition as a woman.
Burt a tribunal in Piacenza and the Appeal court in Bologna both said no prior to her win at the Italian Supreme Court level.
The Court stated: The desire to align body and spirit is, even in the absence of surgical intervention, the result of a very personal journey to gender identity, supported by a range of medical and psychological treatments that will vary according to individual personality and need.
‘The moment of truth is deeply influenced by individual characteristics.
‘Ultimately, it can only be the end result of a process of self-determination towards the goal of a change of sex.’
The Court also stated in their landmark ruling: ‘The complexity of the route, which encompasses a plurality of medical treatments (including hormonal and aesthetic) as well as psychological further illustrates how that right is central to the expression of individual and social personality and social, insofar as a proper balance is to be struck between the public interest… and the limits of our legal system.
The Italian Supreme Court ruling comes one week after Ireland passed legislation to allow trans people there to self identify without surgical intervention. It is also increasing pressure on France and Great Britain to follow suit.
At any rate, it's a wonderful day for our Italian trans cousins. As for when it will happen in the United States, I'm not holding my breath with science denying Republicans in control of Congress right now.
TransGriot Note: Initial photo is of Italian girl like us actress Vittoria Schisano. She wasn't the plaintiff in this case, but is the most well known Italian trans woman right now.